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Tenggarong and surroundings

Tenggarong is the capital city of Kutai Kartanegara. The city is also knows as the ‘King’s city’, being the administrative center and residence of the Sultan since 1782.

Tenggarong and surroundings

the facts

Tenggarong is the capital city of Kutai Kartanegara. The city is also knows as the ‘King’s city’, being the administrative center and residence of the Sultan since 1782. The city has a rich cultural heritage related to the Hindu Kingdom, the Sultanate’s palace, tombs of the Kutai Kings.

An inspiring Dayak experience centre is located in the centre of the city on the island in the Mahakam river. It is built around a traditional Dayak longhouse, where you can learn Dayak culture and history first hand from Dayak story tellers. You can also engage in traditional Dayak activities. Develop your talent as a Dayak dancer, up your hunting skills with a traditional blowpipe and learn the details about Dayak tattoos.

In the vicinity of Tenggarong, you can visit an original Dayak village and live like a Dayak. Submerge in Dayak culture, join the native people of Borneo in their daily activities like fishing and hunting.

Tenggarong is also the hub for wildlife and adventure activities further upstream the Mahakam river. The city is very well accessible by road. A drive from Balikpapan through the Borneo jungle on the paved road takes about 3.5 hours.

There are 3 star hotels in Tenggarong, but you can also stay in one of the pensions, guesthouses or homestays.

 

What to see and do?

nearby Tenggarong and surroundings

  • Kota raja
    The Kota Raja Festival is held every year for a month to celebrate the anniversary of Tenggarong city. The spectacular events are a mix of traditional and contemporary art performances.
    Kota Raja Festival
    Kota Raja Festival
  • The Kutai folklore festival is held every year in one of the 3 cultural villages in Kutai Kartanegara. These are the Dayak villages of Lekaq Kidau, Lung Anai and Sungai Bawang.
    Kutai folklore festival
    Kutai folklore festival
  • At the charming little wood museum, built from Borneo woods, you can get a good impression of the large variety of trees that grow in Borneo.
    Wood museum
    Wood museum
  • The Erau Adat Kutai international folk art festival (EIFAF) is held every year in Tenggarong, the capital city of Kutai Kartanegara.
    Erau international folk art festival
    Erau international folk art festival
  • myborneo-tenggarong-Ling-Ain-Dayak-Village
    Live like a Dayak and submerge in this traditional village of Lung Anai at your own homestay. Learn hunting skills, go fishing, read animal trails, and master your blowpipe skills.
    Dayak Village Lung Anai
    Dayak Village Lung Anai

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